The Bengals are trying to mount a comeback after trailing by as many as 24 points against the Chargers of their Week 13 matchup. They’re going to have to do it with Joe Burrow operating at less than 100 percent.
Burrow suffered a gruesome-looking finger injury late in the first half of the contest. He scrambled for a touchdown to cut the Chargers’ lead to 11 but came up with the pinky finger in his throwing hand pointing in the wrong direction.
Not ideal direction for Joe Burrow’s finger pic.twitter.com/V9DY1cBFzQ
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) December 5, 2021
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Burrow spent the Chargers’ next drive on the sideline testing various tape jobs on his finger. He appeared to be in immense discomfort while dealing with the injury and attempting to grip and throw the ball.
Joe Burrow is dealing with a pinky injury..pic.twitter.com/jCGNMUMYuF
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 5, 2021
Still, the Bengals quarterback was on the field when Cincinnati got the ball back for one final drive in the second half. He didn’t appear to be wearing a wrap or splint on his finger. He completed 3 of 5 passes for 17 yards but was unable to lead the Bengals to a score.
Burrow was favoring his pinky on the final drive of the half, and he didn’t appear to have quite as much zip on his passes. The Bengals could have attempted a Hail Mary to end the half but opted not to spike the ball and stop the clock to do so, perhaps speaking to the condition of Burrow’s injured finger.
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We’ll soon see if the Bengals are able to get Burrow a bit healthier for the second half — or if they can find a splint that works for his finger. If not, the Bengals may have to turn to backup quarterback Brandon Allen to rally them from a 24-13 deficit against the Chargers.
Allen has a 2-6 career record as a starter but has completed 63 percent of his passes for 938 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions with the Bengals. He has played just 36 total snaps for the team in a few blowouts against the Lions, Browns and Steelers this season.